Last weeks video of the week was supposed to be the Firefighter promotion but somehow the wrong link was attached. We got it right this time so please click on the link and check out this great video celebrating some of Guams local heroes. Click here
Thanks to President Rector taking a $30,000 gamble on a completely electric, factory made, Ford Ranger we have now found the perfect car/truck for Guam. With Gas being over $4/gal the Ranger ev saves over $200 per month in energy cost, which is almost enough to make the loan payment! If anyone else is interested in getting one of these perfect vehicles for Guam hit reply and well see if we can get a bulk deal.
Some short sited management officials at GPSS went behind the backs of the Board and attempted to exploit teachers by essentially docking their pay and asked for an AGs opinion to justify it. Fortunately, there were two clauses added to the teachers current CBA during the last negotiations which protected teachers from such exploitation, and after careful analysis assistant AG Deborah Rivera concurred with GFTs opinion. Teachers that taught extra days because their school was closed will be paid at their normal hourly rate thanks to Art 9j in their CBA. To read the AGs opinion click here
The departure of another Superintendent only exemplifies how incredibly important it is for our children to have consistency in their educational system. For the last 40 years the only thing that has been consistent with Guams public schools is the teachers collective bargaining agreement which protects the teaching and learning process. Over the last fifteen years the structure and management of GPSS has gone through multiple changes, and while some of those various entities have attempted to destroy public education by waging war on teachers and their union we have always prevailed. Even though the legislature has consistently underfunded public education by half, dedicated union teachers have consistently done amazing things for our kids thanks in part to their CBA which has always protected the teaching and learning environment in the classroom.
Only a teacher knows what a relief those five words are. No matter how dedicated, talented, or committed a teacher is, doing the job takes a heavy toll. Which is why summer is a much needed battery recharger. Anyone that disbelieves this is invited to take GFTs Work a Day in our Shoes challenge, where a non-teacher spends an entire day doing a teachers job. There is a reason GPSS is short over 400 fully qualified teachers. If anyone would like to take the challenge just hit reply and your name will be placed on the list for next school year.